Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Oprah or Religion? Or Both?
by Michael Krahn
Take a look at this video. It contains clips from an Oprah Winfrey show, several game shows, and numerous religious gatherings.
There are a lot of scenes of worship here. Lots of people worshiping, and numerous things and people being worshiped.
What do you think?
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Christmas Broadcast 2010
Over four hundred years ago, King James the Sixth of Scotland inherited the throne of England at a time when the Christian Church was deeply divided. Here at Hampton Court in 1604, he convened a conference of churchmen of all shades of opinion to discuss the future of Christianity in this country. The King agreed to commission a new translation of the Bible that was acceptable to all parties. This was to become the King James or Authorized Bible, which next year will be exactly four centuries old.
Acknowledged as a masterpiece of English prose and the most vivid translation of the scriptures, the glorious language of this Bible has survived the turbulence of history and given many of us the most widely-recognised and beautiful descriptions of the birth of Jesus Christ which we celebrate today.
The King James Bible was a major cooperative endeavour that required the efforts of dozens of the day’s leading scholars. The whole enterprise was guided by an interest in reaching agreement for the wider benefit of the Christian Church, and to bring harmony to the Kingdoms of England and Scotland.
Four hundred years later, it is as important as ever to build communities and create harmony, and one of the most powerful ways of doing this is through sport and games. During this past year of abundant sporting events, I have seen for myself just how important sport is in bringing people together from all backgrounds, from all walks of life and from all age-groups.
In the parks of towns and cities, and on village greens up and down the country, countless thousands of people every week give up their time to participate in sport and exercise of all sorts, or simply encourage others to do so. These kinds of activity are common throughout the world and play a part in providing a different perspective on life.
Apart from developing physical fitness, sport and games can also teach vital social skills. None can be enjoyed without abiding by the rules, and no team can hope to succeed without cooperation between the players. This sort of positive team spirit can benefit communities, companies and enterprises of all kinds.
As the success of recent Paralympics bears witness, a love of sport also has the power to help rehabilitate. One only has to think of the injured men and women of the Armed Forces to see how an interest in games and sport can speed recovery and renew a sense of purpose, enjoyment and comradeship.
Right around the world, people gather to compete under standard rules and, in most cases, in a spirit of friendly rivalry. Competitors know that, to succeed, they must respect their opponents; very often, they like each other too.
Sportsmen and women often speak of the enormous pride they have in representing their country, a sense of belonging to a wider family. We see this vividly at the Commonwealth Games, for example, which is known to many as the Friendly Games and where I am sure you have noticed that it is always the competitors from the smallest countries who receive the loudest cheers.
People are capable of belonging to many communities, including a religious faith. King James may not have anticipated quite how important sport and games were to become in promoting harmony and common interests. But from the scriptures in the Bible which bears his name, we know that nothing is more satisfying than the feeling of belonging to a group who are dedicated to helping each other:
‘Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should to do to you, do ye even so to them’.
I wish you, and all those whom you love and care for, a very happy Christmas.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Andrew caught this flight from Germany, with no problem. Praise the Lord.
So the whole Jeff Hallmark clan will be together for Christmas in Tyler, Texas
On Monday the 27th we will have a big get together at Jesse and Leah's.
Looking forward to visiting with family and friends.
God Bless and Merry Christmas
Bro. Jeff Hallmark
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I am trying to be a nobody
Not wanting to be a somebody,
so I could be an anybody
And fool around with everybody.
My goal is to be a great-thing
It couldn't happen by being a something,
So I became a nothing
In hopes that I could get everything.
So in order to have a no-name
I couldn't have any-name,
So I took the guise of "inter-name"
and end up a big-name.
Monday, December 13, 2010
This would take some guts to sit there and let this bear get as close
as he did.
The joys of deer hunting from a tree stand.
If confronted by a bear, just be cool and ask the bear a question. *
When he asks the bear the question, he looks embarrassed, too cute!
A California pastor is warning about a "frontal assault" against Christianity in the wake of a planning commission's overwhelming approval of a proposed mosque.
A 25,000-square-foot mosque to be built in Temecula Valley has gained unanimous support from the local planning commission, despite concerns from citizens and critics who say the facility may be a safe-haven for terrorists. William Rench, pastor of neighboring Calvary Baptist Church in Temecula Valley, feels his congregation's attempts to voice their opposition to the planning commission were futile.
"We learned during the course of the meeting that they already had made their decision to approve it, regardless of what the response was going to be from the community," Rench reports. "They had already printed in their record that they had approved it, even before the date of the hearing."
Although the mosque's imam has denied violence, the Baptist pastor explains that his public stance against the project has led some Muslims to label him as "hateful." The mosque, which will be built next door to Calvary Baptist Church, has created a stir among the church body.
"Our congregation remains concerned about the close proximity of a mosque to a facility like ours," Rench shares. "And now we've learned that they're going to not only have their Friday services, but they're going to have calls to prayer during the week...they're going to be there in the [early] mornings...and evenings [for] prayer times, [and] they're going to be having meetings all day Sunday. They're really planning on a frontal assault...with the use of their facility."
A local group has appealed to the city council. Meanwhile, Calvary Baptist Church members plan to continue voicing their concerns.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Salvation Army rejects 'black magic' toy donations
Salvation Army says it does not distribute toy donations that it perceives to deal with 'black magic' for its Toy Mountain campaign.
Updated: Thu Dec. 09 2010 07:12:15
The Salvation Army is causing a stir over refusing to take donations of toys that it believes promote black magic.
The Christian aid agency collects thousands of toys every Christmas through its Toy Mountain campaign.
But a Salvation Army volunteer who was helping put together toy hampers for less fortunate children says he was given strict orders not to put certain toys in those hampers.
Among the toys deemed unacceptable were Harry Potter items, including books, action figures and DVDs.
"Some of these toys that we were seeing, I mean these are $50, $75, $100-toys. And just because of the nature of the toy, they are not being utilized," said the volunteer, who doesn't want to be identified.
A spokesman for the agency says it isn't appropriate for them to distribute toys they think promote things like the occult, vampires or black magic.
But the toys they are restricting are among the most popular items for teens right now.
In addition to Harry Potter-related products, other rejected toys include anything related to vampires and witchcraft, including merchandise from the popular Twilight series.
However, toy guns appear to be acceptable.
The volunteer says that means donation bins for older kids are nearly empty.
"Their greatest need right now is toys for older kids, that being 12 to 17 years old. I mean Twilight, Harry Potter. What kids wouldn't want to receive something like that?"
The volunteer suggests that the Salvation Army publish a list of toys deemed unacceptable before the annual Toy Mountain campaign.
The Salvation Army says those toys are placed aside and distributed to an unidentified third party, who in turn may distribute them to children if the parents approve of the toys.
We praise the LORD that in two years, Spruceland Baptist Church along with Bearing Precious Seed Canada have been about to send out through Canada Post over 53,000 Gospel of John and Book of Romans into homes, farms and ranches in almost all of Northern British Columbia, Canada.
Reaching Our Judea
9,449 John and Romans mail out
in the rural around Prince George.
Reaching Our Judea
This Summer of 2009 there is another
15,630 John and Romans mail out.
Dawson Creek, Ft.St. John, Chetwynd
Ft. Nelson and Tumbler Ridge.
Praise the LORD.
Mailed out first of November 2008
These Communities in Northern British Columbia will be receiving copies of
"The Gospel of John and The Book of Romans".
Two Books of the Bible Containing
the Answer to Life's Greatest Questions
S p r u c e l a n d
Prince George, British Columbia
CLAYHURST, DEASE LAKE, FARMINGTON, GOODLOW, GROUNDBIRCH,
LOWER POST, MONTNEY, MUNCHO LAKE,
NORTH PINE, PINK MOUNTAIN, PROGRESS, ROLLA, ROSE PRAIRIE,
SUNSET PRAIRIE, TOMSLAKE, WONOWON,
BUICK, PRESPATOU, ALTONA, PROPHET RIVER,
TOAD RIVER, GOOD HOPE LAKE, HUDSON HOPE, TAYLOR
These Communities will be receiving a
Gospel of John and Book of Romans
the spring of 2008
Communities East of Prince George toward the Alberta border –
Willow River -Upper Fraser - Longworth - Penny - Sinclair Mills - Dome Creek - Crescent Spur
Dunster - McBride - Valemount
Communities North of Prince George –
Summit Lake - Bear Lake - McLeod Lake - MacKenzie - Manson Creek - Germansen Landing
Communities West of Prince George –
Vanderhoof - Fort St. James – Fort Fraser
Fraser Lake – Burns Lake – Endako – Francois Lake - Southbank - Topley - Houston - Telkwa
Takla Landing - Granisle - Smithers - South Hazelton - New Hazelton
Hazelton - Kitwanga - Aiyansh - Greenville - Telegraph Creek - Iskut
One Community South of Prince George – Hixon
If you live in any of the above communities and would like more information
please contact us at -
250 617 8200B.O. Box 2694 Prince George, BC V2N 4T5
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Ford has not accepted a penny from the government bailout and should be marketing their action.
Ford out did themselves with this commercial...
Thursday, December 2, 2010
1. The Pastor possesses the ministry of comfort.
2. The Pastor possesses the ministry of encouragement.
3. The Pastor possesses the ministry of joy.
4. The Pastor possesses the ministry of feeding and nurturing.
5. The Pastor possesses the ministry of loving commendation.
So, Pastor how are you shepherding in our Lord's flock?
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Here is a rapper of their theology.
Below is from the Heidelbery Catechism.
74. Q. Should infants, too, be baptized?
A. Yes. Infants as well as adults belong to God's covenant and congregation. Through Christ's blood the redemption from sin and the Holy Spirit, who works faith, are promised to them no less than to adults. Therefore, by baptism, as sign of the covenant, they must be grafted into the Christian church and distinguished from the children of unbelievers. This was done in the old covenant by circumcision, in place of which baptism was instituted in the new covenant.
btw, the calvinist are some of the biggest 'men worshipper' around, note that when Kevin D and C.J. are mention the crowd cheers.